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January 13, 2015

The first week is officially finished! A total of 72.2 pounds was lost!!  It’s amazing how differently people lose weight, although the average was 4 lbs per person, some of our younger staff members clocked in at 7 lbs.  The week was pretty rough (no pun intended!) with everyone getting used to different eating habits.  But we did it and are committed to losing weight through February!

We would also like to thank three additional sponsors:  Bob Hull, Una Fornshell and Susan Letts.  Thank you for keeping us inspired!

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Roxanne2In 2013, we had a phenomenal year—our best to date, as we surpassed all of our previous adoption records. We were thrilled when we totaled our year-end numbers to discover we had managed to find homes for 620 animals!

It was hard to believe we’d be able to do better than that. We decided to push the envelope anyway—our goal was to adopt out 650 animals in 2014, no matter how lofty that sounded (without adding any additional kennels). We knew this might be a challenge, but it was something we strongly believed could be done.

As it turns out, we were right. In fact, we were more than right—we exceeded our goal by 50 adoptions and ended up finding homes for 700 animals this year! This is a 13-percent increase in adoptions from last year. Our returns were lower, as well, we believe due to the continuation of Mutts With Manners and Ruff to Ready behavioral programs.

We are incredibly proud of these numbers and thrilled that we not only reached our goal, but significantly surpassed it!

This is not to say 2014 didn’t come without some challenges. We saw a number of animals come through our doors with medical problems. There was Roxanne, who had a luxating patella which required surgery. And there was Grover, who arrived with patches of fur missing and blistered skin that required medication and special food for treatment. We had a number of dogs arrive who tested positive for heartworm, which is a very time consuming medical issue to treat. We’ve also taken in quite a few older animals in 2014, as well. This can be frustrating as everyone typically is looking for cute, little puppy to adopt, which means older animals wait longer for homes.

Perhaps it’s these challenges that make 700 adoptions in 2014 even more special. Regardless of what we face on a daily basis, we promise each animal that they will be cared for and loved until they find the perfect family of their own.

At the end of the day, however, we couldn’t do all of this without our generous community of supporters. We are extremely proud to break records once again, but just know that YOU are a huge part of this, and should be proud, too!

As we head into 2015, we look forward to another year of lifesaving rescues and fantastic adoptions. Whatever the year brings, we’ll continue to provide a warm bed, veterinary care and individual love and attention to every animal as long as they’re here. Thank you for a wonderful 2014 and here’s to the year ahead!

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January 7, 2015

Well, everyone has finally weighed in for Pounds for Hounds to officially start! 11 staff members are participating with a total weight of 1,885.6 pounds. There will be weekly weigh-ins and we’ll share the total weekly loss with you!

We would like to thank our generous sponsors: Deter Racine, Nancy McEnroe, Linda Bolton, Carol Giles, Judy Gillow, and Marilyn Frey who have agreed to match the pounds lost with pounds of dog food. If anyone else would like to join as sponsors, call Teresa Chaney at 231-347-2396 or tchaney@ltbhs.com.

Wish us all luck as this will be a very hungry bunch of girls for the next few weeks!

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kittens23It’s December, which means the holidays are upon us. Everywhere you turn, there are advertisements for the latest gadgets, newest vehicles and popular clothing brands. While these things are all very nice, in the end they’re just that: things.

What if you could give a more meaningful gift this season? How about a gift that truly keeps on giving every day of the year?

Here at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, you can give the gift of saving a life this holiday season and honestly, what could be better than that? By giving a loved one a membership to LTBHS (or renewing your own!), you’re giving them a gift that lasts throughout the whole year. We rely on our members to help us provide warm shelter, veterinary services and personal attention to all the animals in our care, in addition to offering proactive programs to the community that helps control the pet population.

Each week, we go through approximately 75 cans of kitten food alone. Another way to help homeless animals this season is by donating specific items that we use every day such as bleach, canned dog and cat food, toys or soft beds. Gift cards are much appreciated, as well, as we can use them throughout the year on the items we need most.

What about giving the gift of a forever home to a shelter animal? We never cease to be amazed by the wonderful animals who come through our doors every day. They all deserve loving families of their own and our goal is to help them find forever homes in time for the holidays. This Saturday, December 6, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., we’re hoping to do just that. We’ll be hosting a Holiday Open House with incredible adoption specials that encourage families to adopt one of the amazing animals here at the shelter.

So as you dive into this busy holiday season, please remember the animals who are waiting to find loving homes of their own. Whether it’s giving the gift of membership, donating supplies or opening your heart and home to a homeless animal, please consider giving some hope for the holidays to an animal in need this season.

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While we hope that all of our shelter residents find loving homes right away (and the majority of them do), some are here much longer than others. Regardless of this, shelter animals have a home at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society as long as it takes them to find their forever family.

Cats, in particular, sometimes take a little longer to find the right home. Over the years, there are a few that have stuck around and become somewhat permanent fixtures here at the shelter. These cats have all won a place in our hearts and we’ve enjoyed getting to know their quirky personalities and seeing their expectant faces each morning.
Recently, however, we’ve had a number of surprising adoptions which we couldn’t be more thrilled about! A number of our longtime shelter residents found their forever homes, and in many cases, were adopted out with another shelter cat. It may have taken them awhile, but we know it was worth the wait. We’re so happy that these dynamic duos found loving families together.

Eden and Ellen2Eden and Ellen
These two sisters arrived at LTBHS as kittens and were here several months as they grew into teenagers. Eden and Ellen were inseparable and where one was, the other wasn’t far away. They could often be seen curled up together in the kitty beds and cat condos. We were hopeful that they’d be adopted together, and recently, they were! We are so happy that these sweet sisters were able to stay together.


Shadow and Norma
11 year old Shadow had been with us since he was very young, and while the handsome long-haired, black cat was friendly, he didn’t beg for attention and was content to sleep in his bed in the lobby most of the day. We assumed Shadow would be with us for the rest of his life, and while that was fine, we never lost hope that he might find the perfect family to call his own someday. Recently, Shadow was given this opportunity, and he even found a home with shelter kitten, Norma! We are so happy that these two have each other to play and cuddle with, and after all this time, Shadow has been given the chance he deserves.

Sammy and Juniper
If there was ever an odd couple, Sammy and Juniper would be it. Sammy was extremely depressed after she arrived at the shelter and not surprisingly, took her bad mood out on other shelter residents and staff. As the months passed, Sammy slowly became more social, but we think that perhaps it was Juniper, who arrived here as a tiny kitten, who changed Sammy’s mood completely. Juniper was a special needs kitten and somehow Sammy seemed to realize this and took Juniper under her wing. This odd pair quickly became best buddies and would often be seen snuggling together. We were thrilled when this dynamic duo was recently adopted to the same family!

Rosie and Digi
Rosie, a longtime shelter resident, had been here since she arrived at LTBHS eight years ago as a kitten. This big girl was somewhat shy which led most of us to assume she would spend the rest of her life here. What typically takes most cats a few weeks or maybe months took Rosie eight years, but amazingly, she finally found the right family. She was also adopted with another cat, Digi, who had been at the shelter for several months. We’re so happy for these two girls and know they will have a great life together!

Every day, we work toward achieving our mission to offer warm shelter, veterinary services, and personal attention to all the animals in our care, as well as proactive methods to control pet overpopulation. It is stories like Rosie and Shadow that motivate us to continue our efforts to make sure every animal who comes through our doors finds a loving, caring home, no matter how long it takes.